Banchory has lost one of the longest serving members of it’s retail community as Ron Cromar retired on Friday (28 September).
For the past twelve years shoppers at the Banchory W.H Smith would often be greeted by Ron’s friendly smile and cheeky way with words.
But now at 77 years Ron has decided to retire and leave the retail trade behind him after a lifetime of service.
He left school at the age of fifteen and worked for the next 20 years at the Northern Co-Operative society, first at the Culter branch before an eventual posting to the Banchory branch.
In 1971 he began work as a clerk with AMMCO in the town before the firm changed it’s name to Scottish Premier Meat and moved to Inverurie in 1994 where Ron continued his career.
In July 2000 Ron reached retirement age but it didn’t take much persuasion for him to begin work once more, this time in a part-time role with W.H Smith.
So after 12 years and 2 months service to the firm Ron felt it was time to reitre for real.
He plans to devote himself to his hobbies: always a keen entertainer he will continue to entertain with fellow-joker Pat Thain at various venues like the Bothy.
Ron is also a fan of fmaily history and plans to follow his family tree and discover more about his heritage.